Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America


Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
 is a national initiative designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures through the work of its contemporary and traditional performing artists. The program provides fee support to nonprofit presenters based in the United States and its territories that book artists on a curated roster that changes annually.  All funded engagements are required to include public performances and complementary activities that provide audiences with direct interaction with the visiting artists.  An emphasis is placed on funding engagements in communities that have little access to this type of work. Booking has ended for 2017-2018 tours and details on the 2018-2019  roster will be released this fall. Learn how to receive a grant.

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Southern Exposure is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Questions about the Southern Exposure program should be directed to Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International, at or 410.539.6656 x113.


2017-2018 Southern Exposure Curators

*The list of artists submitted for consideration for inclusion on the 2017-2018 tour roster were suggested by the following performing arts professionals. Presenters nationwide, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts staff help select the final roster. For more information on the curatorial process, please see the program guidelines.

Ever Chavez (Miami): Originally from Cuba, Chavez is Executive Director of FUNDarte, a multidisciplinary, performing arts producing and presenting nonprofit with an emphasis on Hispanic arts and culture.





Catalina Maria Johnson (Chicago): Music journalist and producer/host of Beat Latino, a bilingual radio show dedicated to Latino music and culture on Chicago Public Radio and Berlin, with segments featured in more than 20 cities.





Natacha Melo (Montevideo, Uruguay): Dancer, choreographer and arts manager, Melo is co-creator of the South American Dance Network (Red Sudamericana de Danza) and co-creator of Movimiento, an online network and portal for the Latin American dance community.


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Southern Exposure Upcoming Events

  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Williams Center for the Arts Easton, PA
    October 18, 2017 - October 18, 2017
  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Latino Arts Milwaukee, WI
    March 21, 2018 - March 23, 2018
  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Koubek Center Miami, FL
    April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018
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